Category: Theatre

Shaw Fest-on-the-Home-Front — Stuff to do #19

Love the Shaw Festival. See at least one production every season and one of their long standing actors, Jay Turvey, worked along side me in a grocery store when we were teens. No visits this year alas. Most of their 2020 season has been cancelled as of this writing but hope abounds for 2021…
In the meantime they have produced a wonderful collection of ‘Home Front’ content for patrons and friends to enjoy.
You can find a range of fun videos here including (gasp!) a pretty good magic trick! Shaw’s email list is worthy of your attention.

Podcast for kids! — Stuff to do #14

I’m a big fan of podcasts. Been an avid listener for about 8 years. Here’s an fun choice for families with kids…

Story Pirates is a great podcast which takes stories from kids and brings them to life as ‘radio’ plays. (Am I mixing genres when I say radio plays?!) They even toss in the odd joke or two for the big kids.
Explore their website. Much more than just the podcast to check out.

Online Magic Show! — Stuff to do #5

Two more family friendly social isolation options for you…

A whole whack of magicians will be coming together online to present a magic show on Wednesday April 1st at 2:00 pm EDT.

This will be on the Magic And Miracles Facebook page.

Click here for all the event details. You’ll need to be signed into your FB account for this one.

Free. They will probably solicit donations during to benefit a charity called A Kid Again.

And at 7:00 pm the same night another online magic show hosted by Greg Frewin with a different line up. Also free with this one to benefit the Niagara SPCA.

Frewin’s is a YouTube live stream thingy. Click below on Wednesday night although you may need to click thru to YT proper to see it. No biggie, I hope.

Guessing both events should run 75-90 minutes.

Lucy Darling! — Stuff to do #2

Back in October 2019 I was a part of the Ontario Week of Wonder Magic Festival in Fergus, Ontario. A great little festival.
At OWOW I got to meet and work with Carisa Hendrix. Carisa performs great magic as her charming and cheeky alter ego Lucy Darling.
She’s just uploaded a lovely high quality video of her show “Indulgence” as recently performed at The Chicago Magic Lounge.
It runs about an hour. It’s for adults, small kids won’t appreciate her wit, but if you’re a little older and looking to fill an hour of your ‘social distancing’ you could do worse! Enjoy!

Here is the YouTube link but the frame below should play too.


A ‘grand’ little theatre…!

Most of my shows are in private homes, rental halls, school gyms, rec centres or library program rooms.

Once in a while something unique comes along like this past weekend when I was part of the family matinee shows during the Ontario Week of Wonder festival in Fergus, Ontario.

The Fergus Grand Theatre is a sweet little room on the main drag in Fergus. Seats about 250 and was about 75% full for our OWoW family friendly afternoon shows.

If you’re ever in the neighbourhood to see a show the beautiful Elora Gorge Conservation area is just down the road. There are some lovely restaurant options near the theatre too.